Monday, November 29, 2021

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Where do your brands fit on Oxfam’s Naughty or Nice list?

Major fashion brands in Australia, such as Just Jeans, Lorna Jane, Myer and Peter Alexander, must be open about how and where they manufacture...

Albert Namatjira

Vincent Namatjira was 18 when he returned from being fostered in Perth to live with extended family in the desert in Ntaria (Hermannsburg) in the Northern Territory. It was here that he learned he was the great-grandson of the famous Albert Namatjira. ...

Kitten Season is here – so it’s im-paw-tant to help

Sydney (Yagoona) RSPCA NSW Shelter admitted over 9,500 unwanted cats and kittens during Kitten Season over the last three financial years. What can you do to help?

New religious discrimination bill will cause damage to Australian society that...

The new religious discrimination bill should be a statement of how much Australia values religious diversity and our commitment to creating a society where everyone feels safe and valued. Instead, we've had a toxic debate that has unnecessarily divided the community.

‘A Koala Christmas Countdown’ … join in!

The Australian Koala Foundation (AKF) has created an “advent calendar” with a difference to spur people into the Christmas spirit. Sign up to its social media platforms and “swipe” to open the calendar door to reveal its exciting contents each day in the lead up to Christmas Day.

Christmas program set to reignite city and suburbs

The City of Sydney’s program of Christmas cheer with its roving entertainment, cracking Christmas decorations and sparkling lighting displays aims to create a welcoming, festive atmosphere to encourage people back onto the streets in the city and after a tough lockdown and year.

Blak Markets back live on December 5

Blak Markets is back live on Bare Island on Sunday December 5, 2021, kicking off at 10am and running through until 3pm. CEO, Peter Cooley,...

Fancy some forest therapy?

Fancy some forest therapy? Ways to keep your kids entertained pre-Christmas? With its upcoming events, Australian Botanic Garden Mount Annan, just an hour’s drive from Sydney, has you covered.

Student writing lights up Redfern

This week Story Factory is lighting up Redfern Street with the writing of young people from across Western Sydney in a new light installation...

Week 1 at COP26 – news or noise?

Week 1 at COP26 saw an array of pledges from nations and organisations across the world – but are these promises enough to save our planet from disastrous levels of warming?

New mural in Redfern urges #ActionForAfghanistan

A striking new mural on the corner of Woodburn and Cleveland Streets in Redfern is offering community members a simple way to spur the Morrison Government to ramp up its response to the humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan.

Priest and poet, baker, neighbour

Born in Gippsland, Anglican friar Noel Jeffs studied theology at St Barnabas College in Adelaide. The Sisters of the Anglican Community of the Holy...

The bionic eye that could help blind people navigate the world

For people with impaired eyesight or no sight at all, the world is an enormous obstacle course. Professor Gregg Suaning is pushing vision capture and nerve stimulation technologies beyond their limits to help clear a path.

The Freedom Hub tackles modern slavery at its roots

WATERLOO: For someone who works with survivors of modern slavery, Sally Irwin is remarkably optimistic. “We’re on the cusp of seeing massive change,” she says,...

Waterloo Human Services plan goes to consultation

The long-awaited Waterloo Human Services Action Plan, developed collaboratively by all sectors of our community, is ready for final consultation. The recent work of the...

Local Government Elections 2021 – City of Sydney

The NSW local government elections will be held on Saturday, December 4. Candidates from six parties responded to three key prompts on progress, community...

Keep picnics a staple in Sydney’s social season

Through a dark and difficult few months, picnics truly earned their place in the sun. Think, “Bridgerton lakeside promenade” meets “wide selection of Aldi...

Government drops Redfern Built to Rent

The NSW Land and Housing Corporation (LAHC) has cancelled Built to Rent (BTR) arrangements entered into for its proposed PCYC – Elizabeth Street Redfern...

Volunteers’ News – November 2021

Hello everyone, it’s November already, as the year seems to have passed in a dream-state of lockdown, misleading news, and daily accounts of government...

Lord mayoral candidate profiles – City of Sydney

The NSW local government elections will be held on Saturday, December 4. The SSH profiles six lord mayoral candidates representing six parties – the...

Cheering up Sydney with big yellow signs

Big yellow signs with positive messages will soon be seen all around Sydney in an effort to cheer up Sydneysiders. Big Yellow Umbrella, a charity...

The Kindness Revolution

Hugh Mackay AO, author of The Kindness Revolution, believes that people are capable of great kindness, and that the Covid pandemic demonstrated this.

Chefs Day feast offers a culinary treat for local charities

On October 20, French culinary masters Le Cordon Bleu Australia teamed up with former MasterChef contestant Courtney Roulston and charity partner Our Big Kitchen to cook 1,000 healthy, gourmet meals for...

Wudjang: Not the Past reclaiming the future

Directed and choreographed by Bangarra’s artistic director and national treasure, Stephen Page, and co-written by award-winning playwright, Alana Valentine, Wudjang: Not the Past promises to be a breath-taking theatrical experience.

New harbour walk and artworks honour Aboriginal history and culture

Wiradjuri curator Emily McDaniel has won an inaugural Committee for Sydney award for up-and-coming leaders for her work in creating Yananurala, a new nine-kilometre walk...

Faith groups: ‘Climate game plan must be for 2030’

On Sunday, October 17, more than 110 faith communities spanning every Australian state and territory will hold events and display large banners calling on...

Host a three-course feast to aid breast cancer research

If you’re looking for a way to shake off the lockdown blues and start planning for that long overdue get together with those you’ve...

‘Keep Clear and Carry On’ campaign to keep white cane users...

It has been revealed that over 70 per cent of Australian white cane users are put in danger by “everyday” objects.* Common objects like cars...

Gender Agenda addendum – Vale Aidy Griffin

Aidy Griffin, strategic driver of law reform and social inclusion of sex and gender diverse people, passed away in a hospice on Thursday October...

Sydney’s broad highway out of lockdown must carry us all

As Sydney’s lockdown restrictions lift, Randa Kattan, CEO of the Arab Council of Australia says “the road out must be a broad highway that can carry all of us, not just the lucky few”. Others say to “build back better” we must seek diverse perspectives from those communities disproportionately affected by the pandemic.

Mental health modelling recognised globally

The University of Sydney’s Brain and Mind Centre (BMC) is warning that without concerted and effective action, the disruption caused by Covid-19 will cast a “long shadow” on mental health.

Col James Student Housing for quarantine trial

Excavation has started on the final precinct of the Pemulwuy Project on Eveleigh Street between Lawson and Caroline streets. Gone now is the old...

A treasured jewel under threat again

Sydney Park is a treasured jewel of the inner suburbs. Over the last three decades, the former landfill site has been transformed into an...

Waking up the snake – building a coalition for hope

“Waking up the snake – a coalition for hope”, a quote from Dr Anne Peolina, well describes the deadly yarning on September 18 organised...

Take a walk for kindness

Lockdown continues and concerns regarding mental health and wellbeing are increasing along with concern for the number of Covid cases. We know about the...

Beautiful World, Where Are You

Climate change, the fate of a now extinct Bronze Age culture, the rise of right-wing politics and global injustice also make their appearance in the detailed electronic epistles of the two women in Sally Rooney’s third novel Beautiful World, Where Are You.

Volunteers’ News – October 2021

I hope this month finds you all in good spirits and looking forward to some easing of Covid restrictions from October 11 for fully vaccinated people.

Young people falling victim to family violence during lockdown

Lockdown has seen young people fall victim to family violence and challenges within families, an expert in developmental psychology has said. Dr Emily Berger,...

International success for local filmmakers

Filmed over five years, I’m Wanita is the story of Wanita Bahtiyar, flamboyant country singer from Tamworth, as she heads to the US to realise her lifelong dream of recording an album in Nashville, honkytonk capital of the world.

Reining in the debt

In August 2020 my life fell apart. Or at least I thought it did. Over years I had built up debt. I have been betting since...

Covid-19 is a hard slog – but hang in there

This is a frustrating time – we are all feeling various shades of tired, overwhelmed, and angry about the Covid-19 Delta outbreak in NSW,...

Can’t make a decision? This hotline could help

When people have difficulties making decisions, it is usually when two values they hold dearly are clashing. Ethi-call, a free ethical phone counselling service run...

A History of My Brief Body

Situated in the context of other seminal queer texts, these pieces are a “kind of memoir”, Belcourt writes, that “stretch well beyond the boundaries my personal life”.

Lives or livelihoods? What’s the social cost of Covid-19?

We face an awful choice in light of the Covid-19 pandemic: Should we risk the lives of millions of people by reopening economies too soon or risk the livelihood of millions by opening the economy too late?

Regain control with the Red Cross Get Prepared App

As people continue to suffer the mental health effects of the pandemic Red Cross is reminding readers there are things they can do now...

Local Covid-19 testing and vaccination clinics for First Nations people

Walk-in Covid-19 vaccination and testing clinics are open in our area for First Nations people. Free Pfizer vaccines are available for anyone who is Aboriginal...

Volunteers’ News – September 2021

Greetings volunteers and readers to the start of Spring, unofficially on September 1, but really with the Spring Solstice on September 23 this year.

Strikers demand rapid reductions in emissions

Youth movement for climate justice School Strike 4 Climate is once again striking on October 15 to call on the Australian government to “fund...

Religious Australians call on Scott Morrison to do more on climate

Over six hundred people of faith from around Australia have penned hand-written letters calling on Prime Minister Scott Morrison to do more to protect...

Tearfund Australia launches appeal to offer aid in Afghanistan

International aid agency Tearfund Australia has launched an emergency appeal to support its partners in Afghanistan. Tearfund Australia has been working with its partners on...

Assisting families in Afghanistan – emergency appeal

The scenes unfolding in Afghanistan are heartbreaking. My team and I have been in constant contact with our local partner on the ground. Like...

Afghanistan – Australia, we can do more

I am an Australian Muslim woman with an Afghan heritage. I have lived most of my life in Australia. It has been very difficult...